Global leader in subsea and offshore grouting, FoundOcean announces today that its expanded Offshore Service Base in Livingston, Scotland, will see it doubling the number of employees the company has based there, including offshore personnel.

A specialist provider of support services for the energy construction sector, FoundOcean has seen growth in demand from the development of European offshore wind farms, along with ongoing work in the global oil and gas sector. The company’s growth is forecast to continue in the foreseeable future.

The announcements were made at the official opening ceremony of the upgraded Livingston facility by FoundOcean CEO, Jim Bell, who stated: "We are proud to be part of Scotland’s energy supply chain and our expansion in Livingston represents our continued commitment to investing in people, products, research, and development. The newly expanded facilities will help cement our position in Scotland as the world’s leading offshore grouting specialists."

Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism. Fergus Ewing, also spoke at the event: "Scotland is a world leader in developing and investing in energy production. FoundOcean’s contribution to our energy supply chain is welcome and reinforces Scotland’s position as a global hub of innovation, investment and expertise in both the offshore renewables and oil and gas sectors."

FoundOcean was born out of the Wimpey Laboratories site at Livingston in 1966, and has kept a base there to this day. The newly expanded Offshore Service Base has significantly improved the company’s ability to manage multiple offshore projects simultaneously and has benefited from being able to recruit staff from the Scottish Central Belt’s wealth of talented engineers, mechanics, welders, offshore personnel and other skilled craftsmen.